LeBron James' Block on Victor Oladipo Was a Goaltend, Says NBA L2M Report

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistApril 26, 2018

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 25:  LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on after a 98-95 win over the Indiana Pacers in Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 25, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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An NBA Last Two Minute Report released Thursday said Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James should have been called for goaltending after blocking a shot by Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo in the final seconds of the Cavs' 98-95 victory Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena. 

Rachel Nichols of ESPN passed along the L2M summary, which also included an incorrect out-of-bounds call that went against Cleveland inside the final 30 seconds:

Here's a look at the play in question:

The Cavaliers grabbed the ensuing rebound and immediately called timeout. James proceeded to hit a game-winning three at the other end to give Cleveland a 3-2 series lead in Round 1.

"I got a step on him. Felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim," Oladipo told reporters. "I tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. ... It was a goaltend. It's hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. We fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup is huge."

During a postgame appearance on NBA TV, Joe Borgia, the NBA's senior vice president of replay and referee operations, explained why officials couldn't review the play:

The league office's admission of the mistake will provide little solace for the Pacers, who must now win two straight games to advance.

Game 6 is scheduled for Friday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

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